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 Ralph Early Ripke

Ralph Early Ripke

Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska, USA
Death 22 Aug 1946 (aged 57)
Bigfork, Flathead County, Montana, USA
Burial Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 17307038 · View Source
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The Daily Inter Lake
Thursday, August 22, 1946
page four


Ralph Ripke passed away early Thursday morning at his farm home north of Bigfork after a few days illness. Mr. Ripke was 58 years of age and came to the Flathead in 1903. He was a veteran of World War I and served Flathead county as sheriff from 1926 to 1932. He is survived by his widow, Florence, and two children, Ralph, Jr., and Robert, all at home; and two brothers, Francis, of Kalispell and Roy of Bigfork, and one sister, Mrs. W. L. Fox of Bigfork. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Waggener & Campbell Funeral home.
The Daily Inter Lake
Monday, August 26, 1946
page five

Ralph E. Ripke

Funeral services for Ralph E. Ripke were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Waggener & Campbell chapel by the Rev. Russell Prentice of the Presbyterian church.
During the service Don Shepard sang two solo selections accompanied at the organ by Mrs. J. M. Carlson. The color guard stood by the flag-draped casket and services were concluded at the graveside with the military salute and taps. Friends acting as pall bearers were Henry Eslick, George Defoles, Ernest O'Brien, A. S. Saunders, H. W. Adams and Sam Parker. Interment was in the Conrad Memorial cemetery.

Ralph Ripke was born August 29, 1888, at Kearney, Nebr. He came with his parents to the Flathead in 1903 and moved to the farm north of Bigfork. He was called into service in the First World War and served overseas. After the war he returned to farming and in 1926 was elected sheriff of Flathead county which office he held until the end of 1932. He was married October 4, 1927, to Miss Florence Callahan of Missoula and in 1933 they took up work at the farm again north of Bigfork.
Mr. Ripke passed away at his home August 22, 1946, at the age of 57 years.
He is survived by his widow and their two sons, Ralph, Jr., and Robert all at home, two brothers, Francis of Kalispell and Roy of Bigfork and one sister, Mrs. W. L. Fox of Bigfork.
His parents and two other brothers preceeded him in death.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ralph Early Ripke (29 Aug 1888–22 Aug 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17307038, citing Conrad Memorial Cemetery, Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Burt (contributor 46867609) .